SATURDAY 1ST DECEMBER 2018
The Millennium Memorial Hall, Littleton, Nr Winchester, SO22 6QL
£20.00 per person
This year we are combining our AGM with a Christmas Lunch giving members a chance to meet up and relax with HGT friends at this busy time. After the AGM and lunch, author Keir Davidson will give a very timely talk on Humphry Repton whose bicentenary we are celebrating this year.
We always attract excellent speakers for our events and we are delighted to welcome Keir, who writes and lectures on the history of English and Japanese landscape design. His most recent book is Woburn Abbey: The Park and Gardens, an illustrated history of the Russell family’s development of the grounds and gardens at the Abbey from their initial occupation of it c.1540 until the present day. Reviewed in Country Life, the book was called ‘the best country house history published in years…’
A book signing opportunity will be available at the end of the
event for those wishing to purchase this book.
A ticket for the day is £20 per person which includes
a hot lunch (with menu choices) and all refreshments.
To secure your place please complete and return the enclosed booking form
WE WOULD BE GRATEFUL FOR YOUR RESPONSE BY 5TH NOVEMBER
10.45am Arrive, registration and coffee
12.00-12.30pm Break and Pre Lunch Drink
1.45-2.45pm Guest Speaker | Keir Davidson
2.45pm Tea/Coffee/Book Signing Opportunity
Saxophonist Isabel Van der Ven will be entertaining us during lunch
Please click here to download the directions to the Memorial Hall
Guest Speaker: Keir Davidson
Landscapes of the Imagination: the art and gardens
of Humphry Repton (1752-1818)
During his long and prolific career as a ‘landscape gardener’, Humphry Repton worked on some 400 commissions, from royal pavilions, the great stately homes of the aristocracy, to the homes of the landed gentry and the villas and houses of the newly wealthy industrialists. Much of what he created still exists, but as much as anything, it is for his remarkable output of written commentary and, particularly, the watercolour illustrations, from the renowned ‘Red Books’ of designs created for specific commissions and his four published books on landscape theory and practice, for which he is best remembered.
This talk, based around plans and images from these books, explores Repton’s artistic vision, his ideas of ‘landscape gardening’ and how he intended to use his profession to bring an idealized, and largely imagined vision of England to life, in defiance of a changing world at home and abroad. Following the developing style and content of his art and the gardens he produced, we can share Repton’s journey and the challenges he faced in conveying his artist vision to his clients.